Following Outer space and related interests Page 20

  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 19 Nov 2018 22:59:16 20,733 posts
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    Utterly beautiful shot of Jupiter from Juno

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/seandoran/45229498684/
  • captain-Snufkin 19 Nov 2018 23:21:18 829 posts
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    looks like a cappachino
  • Salaman 20 Nov 2018 21:27:49 23,686 posts
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    Hadn´t heard of this one yet: NASA´s Insight Mission

    https://theoatmeal.com/comics/insight
  • ZuluHero 20 Nov 2018 22:44:34 7,534 posts
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    I almost gave up reading that.
  • Tonka 21 Nov 2018 07:06:37 29,771 posts
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    The one on having hangover was better.
  • Salaman 21 Nov 2018 16:27:43 23,686 posts
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    A less meandering and less visual format. :-)
    http://time.com/5460181/mars-visitor-geologist-nasa-insight/

    Edited by Salaman at 16:28:40 21-11-2018
  • Fake_Blood 21 Nov 2018 16:38:47 9,682 posts
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    My favourite part of this mission is the WTS or Wind and Thermal Shield.
    So basically they are going to place a very sensitive seismograph on the ground.
    It needs to be protected from the very light wind on Mars, so just a cover to be placed over the seismograph. Leave it to nasa engineers to overdesign this thing though: The WTS consists of an aerodynamically shaped aluminium cover with a honeycomb structure to which is attached a gold-coated thermal skirt.

    And it looks something like this

  • OnlyJoeKing 21 Nov 2018 18:35:15 962 posts
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    It's pretty amazing that we can land such a sensitive instrument on another planet.

    I think the seismometer was actually designed and made in the UK.
    Edit, actually maybe not, there's a huge cast list on the website! We are part of the team, at least.

    Edited by OnlyJoeKing at 18:38:39 21-11-2018
  • Salaman 21 Nov 2018 23:00:02 23,686 posts
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    OnlyJoeKing wrote:
    It's pretty amazing that we can land such a sensitive instrument on another planet.
    We'll have to see if we can. I hope it all goes as planned but it's quite the sequence of events that needs to go smoothly.
  • prettyvacant 22 Nov 2018 01:34:15 244 posts
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    Nasa , with this fererro rocher you are really spoiling us !
  • crashVoodoo 25 Nov 2018 16:54:28 6,361 posts
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    Edit: maybe not live

    https://youtu.be/4993sBLAzGA

    Edited by crashVoodoo at 17:02:20 25-11-2018
  • Fab4 26 Nov 2018 19:34:35 8,844 posts
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    NASA's InSight lander is 30 minutes from 'landing' on Mars.

  • Fab4 26 Nov 2018 19:56:00 8,844 posts
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    And landed it has.
  • GiacomoHall 26 Nov 2018 19:58:00 70 posts
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    Touchdown. It never gets old. Always amazed by the work that goes into these missions.
  • Khanivor 26 Nov 2018 20:18:19 44,105 posts
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    This morning Facebook reminded me that seven years ago I watched Curiosity launch.

    Now it has a friend!
  • ZuluHero 26 Nov 2018 22:14:13 7,534 posts
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    Apparently this was the one you could send your name on? My brother and daughter are well thrilled. I forgot to do it :(
  • Jonsend 15 Dec 2018 01:02:12 799 posts
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    In Florida at the moment and just got tickets to see Tuesday's launch from the Kennedy Space Centre. Can't wait!
  • CosmicFuzz 15 Dec 2018 03:35:15 32,585 posts
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    We saw a space launch last time we were in Florida. Not at Kennedy though, that will be awesome. We all loved it just watching it from pretty far out. Really cool. The place we were at was a viewing park with a speaker tied into mission control so you heard all the chatter and countdown, brilliant stuff.
  • Jonsend 24 Dec 2018 15:59:49 799 posts
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    Well after 3 scrubbed launches it finally went up. Great sight! If you get the opportunity, it's well worth seeing.
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 24 Dec 2018 18:03:22 3,566 posts
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    I remember watching something launch in October '92 from Cocoa Beach. It was a fair distance but still quite cool to see.
  • Fake_Blood 22 Jan 2019 19:49:30 9,682 posts
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    The James Webb telescope hasn't even left earth yet, but they are already thinking about the next telescope they are going to build. There's 4 ideas in the running, and at 1 billion a pop I don't really get why they don't just build all 4. That's like 4 F22 fighters right?

    https://www.space.com/42952-nasa-space-telescope-ideas-for-2030s.html

    That said, James Webb telescope was going to be 1 billion too, turned out to be 10 billion dollars in the end.
  • up_the_ante 22 Jan 2019 23:02:57 1,099 posts
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    Given they started conceiving the James Webb in 1996, any of these telescopes are probably more like the 2040s for delivery :confused:
  • up_the_ante 22 Jan 2019 23:18:20 1,099 posts
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    I keep thinking about the decades of work and $10BN spent to make something that is going to be put on an Ariane 5 rocket. The first Ariane 5 was destroyed when it tried to convert a 64 bit Floating point number in to a 16 bit integer. At least that little bug is ironed out now. We just need to make sure there are no drunk contractors installing gyroscopes upside down, or drilling holes in things!
  • Tonka 11 Mar 2019 16:45:20 29,771 posts
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    It's this NASA going to the Moon and Mars thing new, out have I just missed it for many years?

    https://www.nasa.gov/specials/moon2mars/
  • Deleted user 11 March 2019 16:52:20
    With 2020 being less than a year away, I suddenly remembered this load of bullshit:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_One

    I remember at the time being very critical of it, for the reason it was a circus that was never going to happen and detracted from serious missions.

    Good to see they've been liquidated by a court.
  • GuybrushFreepwood 11 Mar 2019 16:55:19 1,267 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    It's this NASA going to the Moon and Mars thing new, out have I just missed it for many years?

    https://www.nasa.gov/specials/moon2mars/
    This bit makes me think Donald Trump is now working for NASA:

    “ We will go to the Moon in the next decade in a way we have never gone before. We will go with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than was ever thought possible. ”
  • Tonka 11 Mar 2019 17:47:30 29,771 posts
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    Don't jinx it!
  • Fake_Blood 11 Mar 2019 19:48:22 9,682 posts
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    The current nasa boss guy is very pro current government, but at least he can deliver a speech. I just like someone talking enthusiastically about space.

    https://youtu.be/HuXPLtJXd14?t=1947
  • wobbly_Bob 27 Mar 2019 16:07:07 5,144 posts
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    I thought this: A Timelapse History of the Future was good and pretty beautiful too.

    Edited by wobbly_Bob at 16:07:34 27-03-2019

    Edited by wobbly_Bob at 16:08:04 27-03-2019
  • X201 27 Mar 2019 16:18:33 19,332 posts
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    GuybrushFreepwood wrote:


    This bit makes me think Donald Trump is now working for NASA:

    “ We will go to the Moon in the next decade in a way we have never gone before. We will go with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than was ever thought possible. ”
    “We will go to the Moon in the next decade..."
    A five-year mission?

    "...in a way we have never gone before."
    Boldly?

    "...to explore more locations across the surface.."
    To seek out new life?
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